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Found Art

October 6, 2009

I love found art. This is a crop from a piece of scrap wood that I scavenged from my neighbor’s curb a couple of years ago. The paint smears were left exactly as found. I wish I had kept that piece of wood, but now all I have is this scan. Actually I painted over this. I was doing a project at the time that required a piece of wood in a house shape. So I had it cut into a house shape and added some imagery for my project.

My neighbor was a cabinet maker and trim carpenter. I never knew why he had this piece of wood or why he decided to toss it. In fact, I never confessed to him that I was scrounging around in front of his house. He would have just laughed anyway. I was well known as the weird artist up the street.

Wood Square

I think this piece of found art is beautiful and inspiring. I like to look at it again and again. I love its simplicity and randomness.

Queen of My Dreams

"Queen of My Dreams" - Acrylic on Wood, Approximate dimensions 20 x 10"

Here is the project that I made from it. I liked it too, but sent it to a benefit show and it was sold.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. candiedfabrics permalink
    October 6, 2009 1:27 pm

    I’ll bet it raised lots of money, because it’s LOVELY! The house shape is really resonating with my right now, and am champing at the bit for some time to work with it! Sigh…must focus making time right now on small things that will sell…I’ve got 2 big shows coming up!

    • October 7, 2009 5:41 am

      Candy, I seem to recall some beautiful house art you’ve done in the past. I do love the house shape. Maybe some of your small things could incorporate that??

  2. October 6, 2009 2:11 pm

    All the pictures are in our mind anyway…
    I once found discarded boards in the street, waiting to be picked up by the garbage collectors. Both were painted in a dreadful olive grey-green. On one of them, I painted my best portrait ever. And the second best on the other one. I found a wonderful frame for the first one. A lot of the terrible background color still shows. It was a wonderful challenge.

    • October 7, 2009 5:43 am

      Oh how wonderful, Eva. It’s the most gratifying thing to make art from something that would otherwise be discarded, to find beauty in the seemingly mundane.

  3. Sandra permalink
    October 6, 2009 5:10 pm

    Like the soft colours and almost reflections of the wood in its original state but just LOVE your house. I think it does a lot for that piece of wood.

    • October 7, 2009 5:44 am

      Well Sandra, I am glad you like my alterations. In fact, I’d like to do more with discards.

  4. October 6, 2009 6:44 pm

    Sometimes, a butterfly will become a Phoenix in it’s next stage through the chrysalis.

  5. October 6, 2009 7:51 pm

    You know, the thing about being the weirdo on the block is it gives one the freedom to do whatever you want without being questioned. Ask me how I know.

    The wood in both it’s forms is so lovely and organic. I’m glad you still have the pics.

    • October 7, 2009 5:49 am

      Cathy, thank you for the words of encouragement. I kind of like being the weirdo. Aren’t we artists because we never quite fit in?? Or was it the other way around? I don’t know any more.

      So sorry about the speed bump. Hope you’re all better soon.

  6. October 6, 2009 8:20 pm

    These are amazing. I love the found art – A perfect abstract by chance operations…

    … and I love what you did with it! Perfect.

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